Living with missing teeth isn’t fun for anyone. It’s uncomfortable, unappealing, and in some cases, can also be very unhealthy.
Dentures have long been the most popular solution to address multiple missing teeth, but they also came with their own set of drawbacks. For years, dentures were manufactured without much regard to aesthetics; they resembled a row of stark white chiclet gum placed into artificially pink gums.
Fortunately, dentures have come a long way since then. Today’s denture manufacturing technology allows denturists to custom produce durable, functional, and most importantly, natural-looking dentures in a matter of a few weeks.
And now, there is another new trend revolutionizing not only the look of dentures but also how they feel to wear—introducing implant dentures in Surrey.
What Are Implant Dentures?
As the name implies, implant dentures are dentures supported by dental implants. Rather than simply resting over your gums and held in with an adhesive, implant dentures are securely fastened and fully supported by dental implants permanently embedded into your jawbone.
There are two types of implant dentures in Surrey: bar-retained and ball retained.
Both dentures look very similar to a traditional denture appliance with an acrylic base supporting porcelain or acrylic replacement teeth. With bar-retained dentures, a thin metal bar affixed to your dental implants will follow the curve of your mouth and hold your denture.
With ball retained dentures, each implant is fitted with a stud, which then connects with the denture appliance.
Getting Implant Dentures in Surrey
Implant-supported dentures are more expensive and more time-consuming than conventional dentures. However, the reward is a better fitting, more natural feeling tooth replacement option.
The implant denture process will require multiple visits to your denturist spanning several months. These appointments will include removing your exiting teeth, placing the implants, attaching abutments, and manufacturing and fitting your denture. You must also allow time for your gums to heal between appointments, ranging from a few weeks to a few months.
Some patients choose to have a temporary denture manufactured to help them bridge the gap from tooth extraction to final implant denture. These dentures are typically made in advance and can be worn the same day your teeth are removed.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
While the initial process may be more involved than conventional dentures, implant dentures in Surrey are changing the way people feel about dentures. They provide several benefits and are quickly becoming the preferred denture option for patients in Surrey.
Are Implant Dentures Right for Me?
Denture implants are a good option for most people; however, it is best to carefully weigh the pros and cons of implant dentures with a professional, experienced denturist before jumping in.